Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.



May 14 – 17, 2020

Lighthouse Inn & Conference Center, Two Rivers, WI


Convention Cancellation Notice: Due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Convention has been canceled. Please note the details in the letter from the WSO President below.

To the Membership of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and our friends in the Wisconsin birding community -


The WSO has come to the difficult but we feel necessary decision to cancel all WSO organized events through the month of May. While we are still weeks away from our Convention, the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon, and a number of statewide field trips, we feel it is in the best interest of our membership and our volunteers to take that step now.

The safety and comfort of participants is our primary concern in all decisions we take when scheduling events. In making our cancellation decisions, we researched many credible sources regarding this virus and are adopting their suggestions for appropriate actions. We also considered the risk and burdens that volunteers would be asked to accept. Ultimately, keeping our membership, and volunteers safe and healthy is our number one priority.

If you have registered already, whether online using PayPal or by check, your payments will be refunded. You will, however, have to cancel your own hotel reservations.

We are currently looking at options for conducting the Annual Meeting and for honoring our amazing 2020 WSO Award Recipients. Stay tuned for details. If you have questions, please contact:

Beyond the Convention: The Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon - Anna Pidgeon and her team are committed to continuing the science of banding birds at Honey Creek and a skeleton team of counters will do a survey, but there will be no public activities this spring.

All organized field trips have been cancelled through the end of May, but that does not mean you shouldn’t be out birding and enjoying the return of our beautiful migrants. At this time of the year, the best thing for our health is to be outside, enjoying the wonderful nature of Wisconsin and taking long walks in the woods, or simply being still in one’s own backyard.

Only one time previously in our history have we been forced to cancel a convention, so this step is not taken lightly. Please watch for more updates on our website, through mailings and on our social media platforms.

For more information on how you can protect yourself and your family, please visit the CDC here


We wish you all good health and great birding.

Myles Hurlburt President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology


Registration questions:  Please contact Christine Reel, convention registrar, by email or phone:  (262-844-8187)

General convention questions: Please email Nancy Nabak, convention chair: